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And thus, I ween, thus shall I best repay
The valued gifts, thy careful love bestow'd;
If imitating Thee, well as I

may, I labour to diffuse th’important good, 'Till this great truth by all be understood; " That all the pious duties which we owe, “ Our parents, friends, our country and our God;

“ The seeds of every virtue here below, “ From Discipline alone, and early Culture grow.”.

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ARGUMENT.

b

young Son

The Knight, as to PÆDîa's house
He bis

conveys,
Is ftaid by Custom; with him fights,

And bis vain pride dismays.

A

Gentle Knight there was, whose noble deeds

O’er Fairy Land by Fame were blazon'd round: For warlike enterprize, and fage areeds Emong the chief alike was he renown'd;

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• Pædia is a Greek word, signifying Education. · Areeds, counsels.

VOL. IV.

B

Whence

Whence with the marks of highest honours crown'd
By GLORIANA, in domestic peace,
That port, to which the wise are ever bound,

He anchor'd was, and chang'd the tossing seas
Of bustling busy life, for calm fequester'd ease.

II.
There in domestic virtue rich and great
As erst in public, ʼmid his wide domain,
Long in primæval patriarchal state,
The lord, the judge, the father of the plain,
He dwelt; and with him, in the golden chain
Of wedded faith y-link'd, a matron sage
Aye dwelt ; sweet

partner

of his joy and pain, Sweet charmer of his youth, friend of his age, Skill'd to improve his bliss, his sorrows to assuage.

III. From this fair union, not of fordid gain, But merit similar and mutual love, True source of lineal virtue, sprung a train Of youths and virgins ; like the beauteous grove, Which round the temple of Olympic Jove, Begirt with youthful bloom the parent tree, The sacred olive; whence old Elis wove

Her Parent tree, the faired elite.] This tree grew in the Altis, or sacred grove of Olympic Jupiter at Olympia, having, as the Eleans

pretended,

Her verdant crowns of peaceful victory,
The guerdons of bold strength, and swift activity.

IV.
So round their noble parents goodly rose
These generous scyons: they with watchful care
Still, as the swelling passions 'gan disclose
The buds of future virtues, did prepare
With prudent culture the young shoots to rear :
And aye in this endearing pious toil
They by a 'Palmer fage instructed were,

Who from deep thought and studious search erewhile Had learnt to mend the heart, and till the human foil.

V. For by coelestial Wisdom whilom led Through all th' apartments of th’immortal mind, He view'd the secret stores, and mark'd the 8 sted To judgment, wit, and memory aflignd ; And how sensation and reflection join'd To fill with images her darksome grotte, Where variously disjointed or combin'd,

pretended, been originally planted there by Hercules. It was esteemed facred, and from that were taken the Olympic crowns. See Pausanias. Eliac. and the Dissertation on the Olympic games. • Guerdons, rewards.

Palmer, pilgrim. The person here fignified is Mr. Locke, characteriz'd by his works. Sted, place, station.

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As reason, fancy, or opinion wrought, [thought. Their various masks they play'd, and fed her pensive

VI.
Alse through the fields of Science had he stray'd
With eager search, and sent his piercing eye
Through each learn'd school, each philosophic fade,
Where Truth and Virtue erst were deem'd to lie;
If haply the fair vagrants he 'mote spy,
Or hear the music of their charming lore:
But all unable there to satisfy

His curious soul, he turn'd him to explore
The sacred writ of Faith; to learn, believe, adore.

VII.
Thence foe professd of Falshood and Deceit,
Those sly artificers of tyranny,
* Aye holding up before uncertain feet
His faithful light, to Knowledge, Libertů,
Mankind he led, to Civil Policy,
And mild Religion's charitable law;
That fram'd by Mercy and Benignity

The persecuting sword forbids to draw,
And free-created souls with penal terrours awe.

VIII.
* Ne with these glorious gifts elate and vain
Lock'd he his wisdom up in churlish pride;
Alse, also, further. i Mote, might. \ Aye, ever, Ne, nor.

But, stooping from his height, would even deign
The feeble steps of Infancy to guide.
Eternal glory Him therefore betide !
Let every generous youth his praise proclaim!
Who, wand'ring through the world's rude forest wide,

By him hath been y-taught his course to frame
To Virtue's sweet abodes, and heav'n-aspiring Fame !

IX. For this the FAIRY KNIGHT with anxious thought, And fond paternal care his counsel pray'd; And him of gentlest courtesy besought His guidance to vouchsafe and friendly aid ; The while his tender offspring he convey'd, Through devious paths to that secure retreat ; Where sage Pædia, with each tuneful maid,

On a wide mount had fix'd her rural seat,
'Mid flow'ry gardens plac'd, untrod by vulgar feet.

X.
And now forth-pacing with his blooming heir,
And that same virtuous Palmer them to guide ;
Arm'd all to point, and on a courser fair
Y-mounted high, in military pride,
His little train before he now did ride.
Him eke behind a gentle Squire " ensues,
m Ensues, follows.

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